Animal Protection and Wildlife Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
04 October 2018


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Module description

This 15 credit module, taught over one term, will introduce students to the legal issues raised by the human treatment and use of animals.
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the over-arching regimes that pertain to each category of animals; they will gain an insight into the detailed requirements of legislation and case-law and, in so doing, they will necessarily consider the philosophical underpinnings of these laws. In short, and to paraphrase Orwell, this module will require the students to recognise that all animals may be equal but the treatment afforded to them by the law radically differs from species to species.

Module aims

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Module learning outcomes

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Module information

Specifically the module will consider the following aspects:
1. The competing philosophical perspectives on the treatment of animals
2. The categorisational approach to animal welfare law
3. A recognition of how the laws that pertain to the categories of animals reflects both this perspective and categorisational approach, with emphasis on:
a. Animals as a food source:
b. Animals used in scientific experiments.
c. Worked, captive and companion animals:
d. Domestic wildlife:
e. Endangered, threatened and exotic species:
f. Marine species:
4. Key concepts of animal welfare law discourse, such as unnecessary suffering, the Five Freedoms and the Three Rs.

Learning and teaching methods

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This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Darren Calley
Jan Paterson, Executive Officer, Law General Office, 01206 873907 lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Deborah Jane Rook
Principle lecturer in law
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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